Dell has introduced new monitors, new all-in-one PCs and new 2-in-1 laptops at Computex 2014, and most of them are coming to Australia. If you're looking for a new piece of computing hardware, it'll be reaching local store shelves surprisingly soon.
One new all-in-one desktop, two convertible laptops, and three monitors will come to Australia out of the entire Computex announcement, and they're actually pretty interesting. The new laptops, for example, have a 360-degree hinge that lets them convert to tablet form with the flick of a wrist, and the new monitors should become the new standard for workplaces across the country.
Most of the new tech is already available in Dell's online store, although the stand-out Inspiron 13 7000 Series won't be available until September. Here's a quick look at the six devices that were unveiled overnight.
Inspiron 11 And 13 2-In-1 Laptops
The new Inspiron laptops, which look distinctly stark and minimalist across the entire range, stand out with a 360-degree hinge that lets the 10-point multitouch touchscreen flip around to what is normally the base of the notebook, disabling the keyboard and turning the entire device into an oversized tablet.
The sleek, squared-off designs are joined by small, tabletesque power and volume controls on the Inspiron 11 and 13's leading edges, along with what looks like plenty of USB ports, HDMI and SD card inputs. Windows 8.1's decent implementation of touch should make for good tablet control, but the 13 also has an integrated passive stylus for drawing or more minute touch.
The Inspiron 11 will be around from June, while the 13 won't arrive until September. You'll pay upwards of $599 for the 11 3000 Series, while the 13 7000 Series doesn't yet have confirmed Australian pricing.
UltraSharp Multimedia Monitors
Three new monitors — the 21.5-inch UZ2215H, the 23-inch UZ2315H and 27-inch UZ2715H — look like pretty standard home or workplace LCD displays, but it's notable that they're all Full HD, which is great on a 21.5-inch screen but less so on 27 inches.
Integrated 2.0-megapixel webcams mean that you'll be able to videoconference with your colleagues or Skype call your pals without buying an extra accessory — all you'll have to do is remember to plug in the USB cable on installation.
Prices for the UltraSharp monitors rise as the screen size does — $369 for the UZ2215H, $399 for the UZ2315H, and $679 for the UZ2715H.
Inspiron 20 All-In-One Desktop
The mid-size all-in-one desktop PC is a staple of JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman stores everywhere; the Inspiron 20 doesn't change up the formula too much. An integrated subwoofer and fancier built-in speakers are always a good inclusion, while a more easily adjustable A-frame stand means you can lean the entire all-in-one back over a good range of motion and move it around the house easily enough.
The 23-inch variant of the Inspiron all-in-one lineup, which hasn't been announced for Australia, is apparently the thinnest in the world. The 20-inch is less svelte, but that probably means it's a fair bit cheaper as well.
The 20-inch Inspiron 20 3000 Series is available now on Dell's online store, and will set you back anywhere upwards of $799.